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Gordon Renwick

Born on February 13, 1935 in Cambridge, Ontario, Canada. Gordon Renwick's contribution to the game of ice hockey, came not as a player, instead he put his energy and talent in off-ice endeavors. His first challenge was as President of the hometown Galt Hornets, a senior amateur team. Renwick's seven years there proved to be fruitful as he guided the team to two Allan Cup titles in 1969 and again in 1971 - the national championship for senior hockey in Canada. As champions, the Hornets also represented Canada abroad, paving the way for Renwick to establish close international relations in the game. The friendships that were forged proved to be important for many different parties, as Renwick served as National Hockey League's chef-de-mission whenever they hosted European teams in North America. In particular, Renwick had earned the trust of the great teams of the Soviet Union from the 1970's, including the infamous 1972 Summit Series squad. His passion for improving the Canadian game, led Renwick to seek higher positions within the structure. In order to maximize his contribution, he became President of the Canadian Hockey Association for two years from 1977-79 and was their recipient as the Volunteer of the Year Award in 1979. Renwick later served as IIHF Vice President from 1986-94, after which he gained status as an Honorary Member of the IIHF. One of Renwick's crowning achievements came internationally as an integral figure bringing the NHL and the IIHF in discussions in what would eventually lead to the NHL participation in the Olympic Games.

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